Tom Slick Dog Park is a great place to visit if your dog loves playing in water. One of the unique qualities about Tom Slick Park is the amount of water located nearby. Not only is there a pond, but there’s also a tub inside the dog park to help keep those pups clean, and cool. If you have a dog who loves playing in water, he/she will love Tom Slick Dog Park.
Tom Slick Dog Park is easy to access because the parking lot is located off the eastbound SH 151 frontage road coming from I410. Early in the day there was plenty of available parking when we visited the park. Later in the day you may have to take advantage of the overflow parking area beyond the outdoor basketball court.
I probably do not need to mention that I410 gets very crowded in the morning and evening. There is an entrance to the park on the south side from Timbercreek Drive, which will require a short walk by the pond. Furthermore, you may still need to deal with traffic on SH 151, or I410 depending on your location. Traffic may be a major limiting factor to those not living in a nearby subdivision. However, if you can get to Tom Slick Park, it has several unique qualities your dog might enjoy.
What It Contains
The dog park is approximately one acre and contains separate areas for small dogs and large dogs. When visiting the dog park you will notice an outdoor basketball court, playground, ball field, and a couple of large portable toilets at the end of the parking lot. In front of the entrance to the park there is a large workout area with cover overhead. The workout area is a very nice feature and enables us humans to get some much needed exercise while our dogs do their own thing. No one was using the workout area the first time we visited the dog park.
Upon entering the dog park I noticed the small dog area was vacant. Apparently the city closed it in order to take care of some renovations. All dogs are created equal. Just bring your small dog into the large dog area. Let’s all have a splashing good time! Once I let Abbey loose in the transition area she was quickly greeted by the only male dog (the pit bull) in the park. He liked Abbey so much he would not let her alone. Normally she loves being chase, but this time I think she might not have!
Dog Park Features
Tom Slick dog park is littered with nice features, but I think the tub of water is the best. It’s connected to the dog friendly water fountain and you can refill it with the push of a button. However, it seems as though the dogs were more interested in drinking the dirty tub water, instead of the fresh fountain water. Is it such a big deal? Probably not in comparison to the other things dogs put in their mouths.
One area is dedicated to dog agility, which is where the obstacles are contained. The agility area is small, with only a handful of obstacles, but it’s better than nothing. A small amount of grass is within the area, but the dog park is primarily filled with mulch. A concrete sidewalk also runs through the park and seems to take up quite a bit of space. I don’t understand the layout of the park. It looks nice, but seems to separate the park features into areas. Dogs do not necessarily stick to predesigned areas. If there is room to roam, they will use it.
The trees within the dog park are still young and do not provide as much shade as taller, older trees. Furthermore, there are also rows of trees that run along the outer fence. I also don’t understand the layout of the trees, but once again, some trees are better than no trees. A couple of other things you will find at the park are benches, as well as a picnic area which is not shaded.
Tom Slick Dog Park is a cozy area to meet some new friends and cool off in the water. It has some nice features, but also seems a bit congested. Large dogs tend to enjoy wide open space in which to run. There is such a space outside the dog park, but the city will want your dog on a leash out there. The amount of shade has room for improvement, but the park is not lacking in trees. The opportunity to get some exercise for both dogs and humans alike is very good. The amount of water at Tom Slick Park is unique. Does your dog enjoy getting wet? This park will be a dripping blast.
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